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Insider Report: BMW driver nearly becomes Darwin Award winner

Published February 27, 2014

We’ve all seen those drivers who are too impatient or too self important to actually allow an intersection to clear before pulling up behind the car in front. They are the ones who totally block an intersection when the light changes and they are stuck in the middle with nowhere to go. While it is ignorant and infuriating when they do it in a crowded intersection, rarely does it become life threatening. Unless of course they block a train track. Then, things could potentially get ugly very quickly.

There is nothing in this video to infer where this happens, but self importance and stupidity are pretty much universal.

“You better get some frequent flier miles outta that one, baby!”
I have driven all sorts of four wheeled machines on many different race tracks, but I have never had the opportunity to run down a drag strip. That means that I can’t make a strong judgement about anything that happens on a strip, but I am pretty certain that I can be safe in my feelings about this video. A Fox body Mustang is a small, light-weight car, which is part of its appeal. 2,000 horsepower is one heck of a lot of juice. Combine the two and you have a machine that is capable of some pretty serious speed, if properly set up. To my mind, it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out that part of the set-up has to be the installation of wheelie bars to keep the wheels planted on the pavement.

Drag racer David Measell very nearly goes into a low orbit on this launch!

General Lee vs. The Bandit Trans Am: Which do you think would win?
Car fans love a good fictional rivalry. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard guys argue about whether this type of car would beat some other in a race. Way back when I was in school, I remember taking part in heated discussions about which would win: the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard or Burt Reynolds’ ride from Smokey and The Bandit. I always picked the Mopar to win this one myself. A couple of the guys at Hot Rod had their own idea and set out to prove which one wins.

Jacques Villeneuve: I don’t care
At a press conference yesterday afternoon, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced what we all suspected, that former Indy 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve would drive their entry in the 2014 Indy 500. The former Champ Car and F1 World Champion did not attend, instead taking part in the press conference via satellite feed from his home in France. Wheels Editor Norris McDonald has already had lots to say about the non-news, so I thought I would share a glimpse into Villeneuve’s last foray into the NASCAR arena instead.

This compilation, based on a quote from the man himself, pretty much says it all when it comes to not only JV’s pace, but his arrogance to boot.

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